Azealia Banks is Just ‘Chasing Time’ on New Track

Azealia Banks

Yung Rapunxel — better known as Azealia Banks — just dropped her new tune, “Chasing Time,” via SoundCloud. The track has a dance-pop edge, lending some of it’s floor-ready qualities to early ’90s-era house melodies. But there’s an awkwardly placed and performed flow from the femcee that’s jacks the tune up a few beats. That is complemented with a less-than-perfect vocal on the chorus and the bridge. But despite sounding off-beat, knowing Azealia, the mood is purposeful to give the lyrics of a love lost more impact.

And despite the moodiness, this is a house groove that will make you move.

No stranger to the dance floors, Azealia has been making cuts for people to dance to well before her 1991 EP came out a few years ago and ever since. But will this track appear on her long-delayed, forever upcoming album Broke with Expensive Tastes?

Da Buzz Return with ‘Bring Back the Summer’

Da Buzz — who you remember from “Let Me Love You” and “Wanna Be With Me” — are back with a new single, “Bring Back the Summer.”

The timing for this release couldn’t be more perfect. Now that the U.S. has officially entered into fall weather (though we’re excited for jackets, sweaters and layers!), it’s tough to not miss the warmer season that just passed, especially with the Swedish trio-turned-duo’s music video.

The pulsating beats serves as the soundtrack to carefree riding in boats, touring exotic lands and spending a little time at the pool. There’s also time spent getting dolled up for the festivities, a little romantic holding of the hands and the occasional busting a move to the Europop beat.

Yep, the pair really has us missing summer, but this video is a great getaway to hot months that just passed us by.

Tiësto’s ‘Light Years Away’ Video is Out of This World

After making a splash with his very own Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas, Tiësto has released the music video for his new single, “Light Years Away.”
The collaboration with British production team DBX goes out of this world as we follow the story of a woman and her robot. The pair seem to be doing important research on an alien planet when the woman is gassed by some alien species of plant.
The robot nurses her back to health — but is he also catching feelings for his human companion?
The jaunt is a cute excursion into the space(!) where EDM and intergalactic elements collide — even if a little digital get down raises a few eyebrows.

Breach & Kelis Lock Down a House Sound on ‘The Key’


Kelis is no stranger to the dance floor, having joined Calvin Harris on “Bounce” and dropping the boom on her own “4th of July (Fireworks).”

Her latest album, Food, features a track called “Rumble,” which has been reworked by Ben Westbeech’s alter ego, Breach, into a new offering called “The Key.”

With a cymbal-heavy thump, “The Key” unlocks elements of garage and soul-driven house, inserting piano-like synths over the organic-sounding percussion on the track. The introductory melody is reminiscent of the one that hypes crowds on Devone’s “Energy,” but what really drives the tune are the looping vocals and the emotive wails Kelis delivers when she longingly screams, “Don’t go!”

But vocal variety abounds on the track, with breathy interludes, pop-style vocals and repetitive hooks balanced out by church-sung, nearly gospel-like reaches on the part of the singer.

Push play below to give it a listen.

Pitbull Turns Up the Heat in ‘Fireball’ Video

Mr. Worldwide, better known to you as Pitbull, is burning up Jackmaster Radio with his latest single, “Fireball.” Think of it as a blend between The Champs’ “Tequila” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” but with a party-starting, Latin-infused beat that gives the tune a vibe all its own.

That fiesta-driven spirit makes its way into the newly released video clip, which also features guest vocalist John Ryan. And like any Pitbull video, there’s a bevy of beauties willing to shake and shimmy for Mr. 305.

One lady in particular has gotten Pit’s attention. Donning a form-fitting red dress, she exudes Jessica Rabbit confidence and sex appeal — and plenty of cartoon-style reactions from men enamored with her assets. There are also a number of other women doing choreographed steps to the playful horns heard in the rhythmic number as Ryan plays his guitar and belts out the lyrics.

“Fireball” is set to appear on Pitbull’s forthcoming Globalization album, which is expected to be released this fall.

Sneaker Snob Remixes Tinashe’s ‘2 On’


Alt-R&B songstress Tinashe is only weeks away from dropping her debut album, Aquarius. So far, most of the songs she’s previewed have been slow-burning bedroom grooves, which have been hot, but the one with a little more tempo was “2 On,” a party jam celebrating friends, fun and fiesta.

But now that track has been given a few extra beats courtesy of remixer Sneaker Snob. The self-described twentysomething is admittedly a fan of early Chicago and New York House house and some of its key innovators, including the late Frankie Knuckles, Marc “MK” Kinchen and Armand van Helden, and they can be heard on his rendition.

Tinashe’s breathy and seductive vocals work well with the melody laid out by Sneaker Snob, which is instantly ready for the floor. In fact, the tune almost enhances the soul factor of Tinashe’s voice while also broadening its pop appeal. And guest rapper Schoolboy Q gets a completely new voice full of deep bass, and almost worthy of the designation “chopped and screwed,” a genre within hip-hop popular in the mid ’00s.

Tinashe’s album is set to be in stores October 7 and we’re hoping this remix is at a club near you by Saturday night.

Dillon Francis, Major Lazer & Stylo G Prove ‘We Make It Bounce’

Dillon Francis Major Lazer Stylo G We Make It Bounce

Dillon Francis insists — nay, commands! — you to “bounce to this shit” at his live shows. Of course he’s talking about his concoctions of moombahton-electro perfection, and he’s got a new one with some heavy-hitting guest stars.

“We Make It Bounce” features co-production from the Diplo-led Major Lazer crew and vocals from British reggae artist Stylo G.

It’s every bit the party you would expect from EDM’s elite. With Stylo G’s repetitive chants of “Girl, make it bounce,” the melody forces a sway of listeners’ hips with “bleep and blip” builds followed by steep drops of bass.

Contained in just a few short minutes, it’s a party-starting track that’s sure to find itself on mixtapes, mix CDs and SoundCloud showcases — and will appear on Francis’ forthcoming Money Sucks, Friends Rule album, out October 28. But if you preorder the album now, you’ll be immediately gifted with this instantly downloadable track. Happy partying!

[Via: Idolator]

Kiesza Gets Friendly with ‘No Enemiesz’


Kiesza takes everything great about early ’90s house and today’s four-on-floor-beats, and blends them together on “No Enemiesz.”

The Canadian singer has posted the track ahead of the October 21 release of her album, Sound of a Woman, and it’s a big follow-up to the tightly choreographed “Hideaway” and the dance number, “Giant in My Heart.” It’s also reportedly getting played on global mix shows.

“Enemiesz” is infused with garage house-style piano, which encourages her soul-reaching wails. “We could all fall in love together,” she repeats, as the epic, airy builds channel influences as diverse as Zedd and Duke Dumont.

And the feel-good ratio is high on the tune, evoking the spirit of when Cathy Dennis, Rozalla and Crystal Waters ruled the radio — with Kiesza even serving up an “ah-wooh” that nods to Waters’ “Makin’ Happy.”

With this third offering, Kiesza looks to deliver one of the most talked about — and likely most played — dance albums of the year, the success of which will probably carry over into 2015.

Knife Party Changes Up Sounds on Leaked ‘Begin Again’

Knife Party

Knife Party is preparing for the release the forthcoming Abandon Ship album in October, dropping “Resistance” to the masses just last month.

But the new song, “Begin Again,” has leaked and is a stark contrast to “Resistance.” While the former screeches and serves up industrial techno (or just post-apocalyptic) vibes within its peaks and valleys, “Begin Again” sounds like a late entry to last summer’s disco party.

The shimmering house track — which features vocals from a yet-to-be-identified singer — is far happier in its tone than “Resistance.” In fact, its sound reflects some of the uplifting feelings usually reserved for the likes of Calvin Harris and Zedd.

“Begin Again” may throw off fans looking for more rugged material from the Australian DJs, and it’s unclear if the tune is going to appear on Abandon Ship, but it’s a welcome, genre-changing twist (or a throwback to Pendulum days?) to keep us on our toes in the lead-up to its release.

MK Remixes Kant’s ‘Ey Yo’


When Danish deep house producer-music maker Kant dropped “Ey Yo” last year, folks were won over by the deep-voiced-delivered retake of Busta Rhymes‘ lyrics from his 1997 hit, “Dangerous.”

Now another retake is bringing dancers to the floor and it’s courtesy of Marc Kinchen, the house legend known as MK.

Officially monikered Kant vs. MK, the “Ey Yo” (MK Remix) is demanding in its desire to make you dance, with old-school percussion and synths surrounding the bounce that was already found on the track. In fact, this remix could fit quite comfortably on an acid house mixtape just as well as a SoundCloud EDM mash-up.

But we think it stands well on its own. Give it a spin and give it a download at Beatport.